After a 107-day layoff, the NHL opens its regular-season schedule tonight and 32 BCHL alumni are listed on NHL rosters across the league.
This year is unique in many ways, but one significant change to roster formats is that each team is able to carry a taxi squad of five players who will practice and travel with the team, but not count toward the 23-man roster.
26 of those former BCHLers made the cut for the 23-man rosters, five are included on taxi squads and Detroit Red Wings defenceman and Trail Smoke Eaters alum Danny DeKeyser will start the season on injured reserve.
The Red Wings feature the most BCHL content with four players on their roster, although two are on the taxi squad and one is the aforementioned DeKeyser who is on injured reserve.
The Anaheim Ducks and the Nashville Predators both lead the way with three former BCHL players apiece on their active 23-man roster.
Other BCHL alums that were at NHL training camps were either sent down to the minors or released from their pro tryout contract.
Here is a full list of former BCHLers on NHL rosters to start the 2020-21 regular season.
Derek Grant – Langley Chiefs
Danton Heinen – Surrey Eagles
Josh Manson – Salmon Arm Silverbacks
Matt Irwin – Nanaimo Clippers
Milan Lucic – Coquitlam Express
Duncan Keith – Penticton Panthers
Devon Toews – Surrey Eagles
Tyson Jost – Penticton Vees
Hunter Miska – Penticton Vees (taxi squad)
Columbus Blue Jackets
Riley Nash – Salmon Arm Silverbacks
Jamie Benn – Victoria Grizzlies
Detroit Red Wings
Dennis Cholowski – Chilliwack Chiefs (taxi squad)
Danny Dekeyser – Trail Smoke Eaters (injured reserve)
Troy Stecher – Penticton Vees
Kevin Boyle – Westside Warriors (taxi squad)
Jujhar Khaira – Prince George Spruce Kings
Kyle Turris – Burnaby Express
Brad Hunt – Burnaby Express
Andrew Hammond – Surrey Eagles/Vernon Vipers (taxi squad)
Carey Price – Quesnel Millionaires
Colton Sissons – Westside Warriors
Ryan Johansen – Penticton Vees
Dante Fabbro – Penticton Vees
New Jersey Devils
Travis Zajac – Salmon Arm Silverbacks
Mike Reilly – Penticton Vees
Brandon Tanev – Surrey Eagles
St. Louis Blues
Tyler Bozak – Victoria Grizzlies
Toronto Maple Leafs
Alex Kerfoot – Coquitlam Express
Jordie Benn – Victoria Grizzlies
Daniel Carr – Powell River Kings (taxi squad)
Justin Schultz – Westside Warriors
Laurent Brossoit – Cowichan Valley Capitals